Monday, April 10, 2006

caution: dangerous curves ahead

Did you know that it's possible to gain 5 pounds over the weekend? Especially if you ate lots and lots of nachos? It's all that salt, right? Right?

Thanks for all the pheasant comments. For now the bird is lurking upstairs until further notice. Mr. M claims some attachment to it, but agrees that it would look better if we had an English country manor to put it in.

I got the #@%&* cupboard sorted out on Friday and actually threw away some stuff, but there were still all these little doodads and geegaws staring me in the face and suddenly I reached my breaking point and threw them all into a plastic crate and brought it down to the basement to be dealt with at a later date. Because we were having friends over for dinner on Friday (nachos and burritos!) and I had to tidy up at least a little bit.

Some of the stuff that is still in The Cupboard:

These glasses are huge - they each hold 1 litre of beer. The beer bottle in front is a regular 330ml/10 oz. bottle for comparison.

The bottle opener/corkscrew collection 2006. I have NO idea why we need this many.

While we were eating dinner on Friday our friend Diego called from Spain so we put the phone on loudspeaker and all talked to him at the same time which was interesting. It was about 8 p.m. and Diego and his family were on the way to the beach. The beach! In April! And we're here sopping wet and freezing to death. But we had nachos and guacamole and they didn't.

In news you probably don't want to hear: remember last week when I said I felt like I was coming down with something? Well I never really found out what it was, but it must have been an important something because on Thursday I developed these incredibly painful swollen lymph nodes on either side of my neck and was convinced that I was done for (thank you, Google!). But here I am and the swelling is almost gone now. Just a little infection of some sort, I guess. Can massive amounts of dust and knicknacks give you swollen lymph nodes?

Despite being very, very cranky all weekend, I got treated to these roses and immediately felt muuuch better.


At April 10, 2006 3:17 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

lol!! those roses are beautiful!!!
And I am so glad you kept the bottle opener collection. That is a brilliant keeper!! MY hubby wants those glasses,

At April 10, 2006 5:03 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

ug - just erased my comment. So those swollen lymph nodes could justify the weight gain - well at least that sounded good to me. Yummy nachos. I'm going to mexican in 2 wks, can't wait! The roses remind me of my photography yesterday, just beautiful. And well that beach, looks like there aren't too many people enjoying that...

At April 10, 2006 5:31 p.m., Blogger traveller one said...

Glad you're feeling better! LOL about the collections! It's weird what we save and can never get rid of!

At April 10, 2006 6:36 p.m., Blogger swissmiss said...

Those roses are beautiful!!

At April 10, 2006 6:47 p.m., Blogger cncz said...

I think dust cal swell your lymph nodes. Which is why I do not like to disturb the dust in my house.

It is SLEETING in Lausanne as I type. Get me out of here!

At April 10, 2006 8:14 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Happy to hear you're feeling better, Christina. Who wouldn't feel beter when geting roses like that! Hehe - LOL lso about your openers. Does Mr. M. collect those too?? :-)

At April 10, 2006 8:17 p.m., Blogger wendy said...

Don't feel alone with the lousy weather - it SNOWED here today! Sheesh. What happened to Spring?

At April 10, 2006 9:01 p.m., Blogger J said...

Sounds like someone else found Lidl's 4 day Mexican Days thing a while back.

At April 10, 2006 11:47 p.m., Blogger Lisa said...

Oooo (<--this is my word for today), that tiny little beer looks like the dreaded and extremely potent monk beer I drank once. Drank three of them because I was thirsty. Bad mistake. Re: the bottle openers, because they're professionals of course! Mmmmmm, roses! Someone loves you. :)

At April 11, 2006 12:21 a.m., Blogger christina said...

andrea - no way I'd be allowed to throw out the bottle openers! WE also have beer glasses that look like boots, if you can picture it.

Expat - Ooh, yes, I'll blame it on the glands. The thing about the beach is that even if it were warm enough to go, we couldn't because we don't have one - wahhhh!

Traveller - Oh, I could get rid of a lot more if a certain someone would let me. :-)

swissmiss - I love the two-tone roses the best. And cut flowers are so reasonable priced in Germany that you can go wild on them.

cncz - My theory exactly - leave the dust where it is and everyone stays healthy.

CanadianSwiss - Those ARE Mr M's openers! He bought them all buy himself and won't part with even one. I don't really collect anything much.

Wendy - Snow is just not on for this time of year. Our forecast for Easter is "might snow but probably won't" Great.

J - I think this stuff was even from the time before that. Lidl is our second home. :-)

Lisa - Oooo is a many-faceted word. I like it. I'm not sure if that beer is an extra strong one, I think it's just a regular pilsner, but what do I know? We usually have several different kinds around here and I avoid them all.

At April 11, 2006 1:02 a.m., Blogger Tim Rice said...

That rose picture was beautiful.

At April 11, 2006 7:01 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Very lovely roses. Sorry to hear you've been a bit "under".

Nice bottle-opener collection :-))

At April 11, 2006 10:55 a.m., Anonymous Jan said...

The 0.33 l bottles are occasionally called Bauarbeitergranate (lit.: "construction worker grenade") here in Germany.


At April 11, 2006 11:16 a.m., Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Flowers ALWAYS help. Yours are just beautiful!


At April 11, 2006 12:19 p.m., Blogger James said...

Those roses are beautiful!

At April 11, 2006 4:52 p.m., Blogger Mike B said...

If Google has zou worried, then WebMD will finish you off.

I believe dust can aggravate the system, and swollen nodes would be symptomatic, but that would be some really wicked dust, eh?

At April 11, 2006 5:08 p.m., Blogger Tracie B. said...

now that looks like my kinda beer glass :)

At April 11, 2006 5:10 p.m., Blogger Claire said...

Mr. M bought the bottle openers? Even the Canadian one?? Do you think there is a link between the swollen lymph nodes and the nachoes? I made nachoes and guacamole last weekend and the German did not go for it. So sad . . . more for me!

At April 11, 2006 9:49 p.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Beautiful roses Christine....hope you feel better soon.

At April 11, 2006 11:28 p.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Big hefeweizen drinkers are you? Interesting collection of bottle openers you got there.

Oh...nice roses. :-)

At April 12, 2006 1:11 a.m., Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I say milk the whole swollen lymph nodes thing. If you play your cards right you might be able to get out of anything undesirable for the next two weeks.

At April 12, 2006 12:39 p.m., Anonymous wendi said...

pretty flowers, love roses! :)

At April 12, 2006 6:17 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I love any excuse not to dust. Hmm. Wonder if I could conjure up swollen lymph nodes, though I'm sure you would have rather dusted, by the sound of it. And I noticed that Mr. M bought TWO Canadian openers. That's saying something, I'm sure. So glad the gorgeous roses helped and that you're feeling better.

I'll be with you in Hannover on Monday. I'll try bringing some of Atlanta's 70-80 degree weather!

At April 13, 2006 2:19 a.m., Blogger Mike B said...

Claire ... you and my Partnerin could probably do Nachos while the German and I enjoz beers.

Christina ... nice set of church keys there!

At April 13, 2006 5:52 a.m., Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

glad you are feeeling better:) thank you sooo much for the birthday wishes:)
Looking at the bottle opener collection and steins, makes me think of my oma's kitchen collection:)
I can never find mine, and when I finally have a bottle of wine to open, I'm searching and searching, glad to know some people have corkscrew surpluses:)
ps. on the otherpost about the pheasant, my dad when i was 8, in a restaraunt in south dakota, asked the owner of the place if he could buy the stuffed pheasant, and I had to ride in the backseat with the bird from south dakota to chicago! I must have been totally traumatized, as when I saw that picture, I got the chills!


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